Classics seem to have passed me by. For a long time after high school, I refused to read classics, probably because being required to read some of the more terrible books was so distasteful. At the same time, now that the internet makes things so easy to get, these books long out of copyright protection are freely available. In my individual reviews, I’ll link the free Project Gutenberg files.
Now, though, I don’t have to forge through crappiness if I don’t want to. Here’s a few classics, thus, that I think have some elements that make them appealing to pick up.
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
This is supposed to be a definitively top-notch classic. Originally written in French, this novel has seemed daunting to me in the past due to its sheer mass, but I think I can handle it for now. I’m usually a fan of adventure, and thrillers can be great. From what I can tell, as well, this book looks very complex and filled with enormous plans.
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Like almost any good American, I’ve seen the Disney version of this story many times. At the same time, I’ve never read the book that inspired the cartoon phenomenon, and that’s kind of a shame. It’s also astonishingly short, which is something I think I’ll require given the other two monsters I’m reading this month…
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
My partner read this book in high school. My high school didn’t read the usual books, and this one was left out of our reading list. I was going over books I could read, and my spouse said, “Pride and Prejudice? That’s a good book.”
“But it’s romance,” I complained.
And so I put it on the list.
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